Band Camp Info
The following guide should help you arrive at band camp prepared.
- What to Bring
There are four essentials that you must have:
- Tennis Shoes
- Your instrument and music
- Water jug of water
- A bag lunch
Many upperclassmen will tell you that the following are just as essential:
- A hat or some other head covering
- To have eaten breakfast
Less essential but still important checklist:
- Shorts – school dress code (ladies, please remember the length)
- DCT / Lip Balm
- Why the Essentials are Essential
- Sunscreen: Sun poisoning, although rare at camp, is not fun. Sunburn, guaranteed from camp, is not exactly pleasant either. Yes, you will get a "band tan" even if you use sunscreen, but believe me, even if you never wear sunscreen, YOU NEED IT at band camp.
- Breakfast: We have seen far too many freshmen throw up and have to sit out the first day of band camp because they did not eat breakfast. You must eat breakfast during camp. It will not sit like a lump in your stomach or make you feel sick while you are marching. Orange juice and milk are not advised.
- Water: This one is obvious. During breaks, you will need to fill up with water. Water is best, but sports drinks are acceptable too.
- Shorts: Wear shorts every day to band camp. - no big explanation - it will be hot.
- DCT or Lip Balm: Only if you think you'll need it - many brass players use this.
- Sunglasses: These definitely keep the UV light from your eyes and make the glare bearable, since you have to look up, sometimes into the sun.
- Hat (or some other appropriate head covering): It will keep the sun out of your eyes and face.
- Lunch: All students bring a bag lunch and you will stay on campus eating in the lunchroom. Each student should bring a 2 liter or 3 liter drink on the first day of band camp. All drinks will be stored and shared during the lunch break.
- What To Expect at Band Camp
- Expect to learn the majority of this year's show, have some fun doing it, and expect to be proud of the hard work you will put into making the Pride in Motion Band one of the best bands around!
- What To Do
There are several things you can do to make band camp a little easier on yourself:
- Show up: There have been a few cases of people who completely messed up and didn't realize that there was a band camp, or that band camp is required.
- Be on time: You are responsible for being on time. You cannot blame this on traffic, on car trouble, or on your parents. You take full responsibility for it. Plan to be dropped of twenty minutes before call time. You have to get to the band room, drop off/pick up items from your locker and make it to your position before “Call to Attention”. Early is on time, on time is late!!!
- Absences: We hope that no student will ever need to miss a rehearsal or performance but we understand that it happens. If you are sick or injured, or ever have a family emergency, simply have a parent call the band room at 704-658-2586. Students should only miss for those important reasons; when a student chooses social functions over band practice, they are hurting the entire group.
- Behave: Just get in line, stay in step, do whatever is asked of you. Mr. Stevenson likes to see students doing their best.
- Keep cool: Both literally and physically. First make sure you are not overheating (the intent is not to make anyone sick), but also keep a calm mind. So you can't hit the line the first time you try it? You can't sight-read your part perfectly? That's ok, as long as you keep trying your hardest and listen graciously to advice, you WILL eventually get it.
- Themes- Ways to have fun and bond with your fellow musicians! (These are themes from 2017--new ones coming soon)
- 7/31: Name Tag Day
- 8/1: Tourist/Tropical Tuesday
- 8/2: Character Day
- 8/3: Family Day
- 8/4: Frat Day
- 8/7: Color Wars
- Freshman: Gray
- Sophomores: White
- Juniors: Red
- Seniors: Blue
- 8/8: Twin Day
- 8/9: Wacky Day
- 8/10: Spirit Day
- Final Notes - The Most Important Things to Remember
- Respect the directors, staff, drum majors, section leaders & upperclassmen (they have done this before and know what they're talking about) and no one will get hurt.
- Eat breakfast EVERY DAY.
- Drink plenty of water or Gatorade during every break (sodas are not allowed during rehearsals).
- Wear shorts and tennis shoes.
- Wear a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
- Bring your instrument.
- Get to know the people in your Band family.
- Do your best!